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Are You Working Safe Online?

November 9, 2021

Over 4 in 10 micro and small UK businesses surveyed in 2020 identified an attempt to breach their cyber-security.

AI Services (Northern Ireland) Ltd is piloting a series of webinars designed to help farm families stay safe on line.

AI Services’ Rural Development Contract Manager Eamonn Matthews takes up the story:

“It’s easy to forget just how much information that farmers and their family members access and actually put on-line.

“We all use our phones, many of us bank on line while most of us send confidential information on a regular basis by way of email.

“There is also a strong web element associated with modern farm security systems plus the use of camera and video systems that are used to check on livestock at calving and lambing times.

“And of course all robotic framing and GPS related -systems cannot function without access to the internet.”

Eamonn continued:

“Driving all of this is the accumulation of data. This is information that should be the sole preserve of the farming business concerned but which could be extremely valuable to others, if they can access it!.”

“The need for farm families to stay safe, in terms of how they interact with the internet, is of paramount importance. And it was for this specific reason that the upcoming series of webinars has been developed.”

A total of 25 webinars has been planned for the coming four months: the first taking place on Tuesday 9th November.

Eamonn Matthews again:

“Numbers per webinar have been restricted to 20 people. This should allow a maximum of 500 farm family members to participate in the events that will take place between now and the end of February next. There is no enrolment fee.

“All families with an active farm business number will be eligible to participate in the pilot project. There is no linkage between the scheme and other CAFRE farm development programmes.   

“Each event, which last for two hours, will be hosted by an accredited trainer in the field of ICT and on-line security.

“The webinars have been structured to provide the maximum level of engagement between the host and those taking part, they are deliberately arranged for evening times when farm families have finished their daily chores.”

Each webinar provides information and guidance on the following subject areas:

  1. The benefits and risks of working online and using online services
  2. How to keep devices safe and secure
  3. Protecting your operating systems and application software
  4. How to keep you and your information safe and secure while communicating, carrying out transactions and accessing information online

  Eamonn Matthews concluded:

“The upcoming series of webinars is extremely timely and relevant; a case in point being the recent series of fraudulent basic payment system-related emails that were sent out to farmers throughout Northern Ireland.”

Pre-registration, in order to participate in any of the upcoming webinars, is essential. To register, please note the following link:

This project that has been developed under the auspices of CAFRE and is part of the ongoing ‘Farm Families Key Skills Programme’ and part funded by the EU